Today is Women and Girls in Science Day: why is it celebrated?

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This year, February 11 marks International Day of Girls and Women in Science, an observance established in 2015 at the United Nations. (You may be interested in: Scientists find a seamount three times higher than the Burj Khalifa)

In addition to celebrating the place that various women around the world have held in the development of science and celebrating their participation in research spaces, the day aims to highlight a problem and highlight actions being implemented to bridge the gap. gap in this sector.

“Although science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are fundamental to national economies, most countries, regardless of their level of development, have not yet achieved gender equality in this sector,” the UN explains.

This situation is particularly serious in low-income countries, where there are more barriers to women and girls' access to education. (We recommend: They want to build a $17 billion particle collider)

This year, at the UN Assembly held as part of the celebration, the main theme was ““Women and girls in scientific leadership, a new era for sustainability”While the sub-topic of the conversation was “Think science…think peace“.

According to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the country was a co-sponsor of the event for 2024. In addition, the Minister of Science, Yesenia Olaya, participated in a virtual intervention “in which she recalled that promoting equal opportunities in science is promoting equal opportunities in science.” “Women who change history are an inspiration to girls in conflict-affected areas,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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